It has now be officially confirmed that front rower Ben Ross, who suffered a potentially career-ending neck injury when last at the club, has signed off on a new two year deal with the Cronulla Sharks.
Ross, in what has been a remarkable comeback to the game following the serious injury of 2009, played all 24 NRL games for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2011 in a display of courage and perseverance.
The Sharks delayed the announcement of Ross despite media speculation however with the contract now signed and submitted are pleased to have the tough front rower back on board.
Sharks coach Shane Flanagan was positive about Ross’s return and confident he would get outstanding value out of the experienced prop forward.
“Ben will add unbelievable experience and depth to our squad,” Flanagan said. “He had a great season for Souths last year and is just what we needed. Rossy’s signing now gives us six NRL standard front rowers.”
The former Queensland origin representative looks forward to continuing his NRL career in what is familiar territory and to contributing to the success of the Sharks over the next two seasons.
“I know I had a bit of bad luck with injury last time I was at the Sharks, but I played every game for Souths last year, including all the trials and everything is going well,” Ross said.
“Being a senior player now I want to hopefully be a leader at the Sharks over the next two years.”